1.Good studying starts in class. Pay attention!
The process of learning and studying can start in class. How? When you pay attention and take good notes! The seat you are sitting is very important. So, make sure it is a good one. If you have any problems that prevent you from paying attention, let your teacher or parents know.
2. Notes, notes, notes! Good Notes = Easier Studying
Keep good and “clear” notes during class. Always note the information your teacher writes on the board during class. Most of the times, these are the most important parts of the lesson. Noting them down will surely be of help!
3. Plan your studying. It may sound difficult or boring but you will be glad you did!
So you have a test on Wednesday. Don’t wait until Tuesday night to study. You will literally “drown” into the test’s material and you will definitely panic! So, be careful! Don’t put off studying. Use a calendar and write down every deadline for your tests and your assignment. This will help you plan how much to study after school each day.
4. Break it into pieces
When there’s a lot to study, break it into pieces. Study each piece in the timeline you already planned. Then, sum up the pieces of the “puzzle”. It’s that easy! Remember that the more days you spend reviewing something, the more likely it is that you will remember it.
5. Use the tricks
For theories, types, equations and other difficult to remember information, there are certain memory tricks that can be really helpful. Acronyms can be a trick when you’re trying to memorize a list of things. You can make up a phrase that uses the first letter of each word. For example, are you trying to remember the eight planets and their order from the sun? You can make a phrase like: My Very Excellent Mother Just Served Us Nachos to remember: Mercury, Venus, Earth, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune. Clever, isn’t it?
6. Take a break
The average brain can only pay attention for about 45 minutes. So if you’ve been studying for a while and find it hard to pay attention, then you need a break. Drink some water, have a fruit, walk around the house, play with your cat. Breaks can play the role of a strong motive. Decide on a certain schedule and give yourself a half hour break for every two hours of studying. You will enjoy studying more! During your break fight the temptation to turn on the TV or what’s worse….Facebook!
7. Got confused? Ask for help!
Your studying cannot be effective if you don’t understand what you are reading. Ask your teacher for help. There is nothing to be ashamed of. Try not to leave gaps as it will be harder for you to catch up later. Read through your notes. Does it all make sense? If not, go through them with your teacher. Mom or dad might be able to help at home as well.
Which is more important, posting your selfies from the walk at the beach on your Facebook profile or studying for the test? Finish up your homework or watch the new videos or your favourite band in YouTube? If you set up a schedule and follow it carefully, you will have plenty of time to enjoy your favourite activities.
9. Sleep Tight! Your brain needs recharging!
The day of the test has come. You’ve followed your study plan, you feel well prepared but suddenly you feel like you can’t remember anything? Don’t panic. Your brain needs time to digest all these information. Try to get a good night’s sleep the night before the exams. Much to your surprise, in the morning, all information will be back in place!
10. Mix with the right friends.
Do you have friends who call you “nerd” or “study freak”? This can make you upset and disappointed. There are cases of students that let go of their completely because of these “friends”. If you tell these friends that studying hard will get you closer to achieving your future goals and still cannot comprehend it, then you most probably need to let them out of your circle. Socialize with friends who have the same interests like you, have dreams and goals, are able to visualize success and accept you exactly as you are.
You will find the “10 steps” at the book marker that we will give you when you will visit our Orthodontic Center. Our small present for a happy new school year!